Great majority of Dutch people support Queen Beatrix

A great majority of Dutch people support Queen Beatrix for wearing a headscarf while visiting a mosque in Oman.

Queen Beatrix told reporters she wore the head scarf in the UAE and again on a visit to an Oman mosque to show religious respect.

The Queen was responding to questions from reporters about parliamentary questions filed by Geert Wilders, who said the monarch’s decision to cover her head on a visit to a mosque in Abu Dhabi on Sunday legitimises the oppression of women.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday sprang to the queen’s defence.

“When Her Majesty visits a house of worship, the dress requirements are respected,” Rutte said in written answers to Wilders’ parliamentary questions.

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